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Old 01-17-2013, 01:43:19 PM
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Just pulled a 275 gallon tank away from my house, not to be used any more. I got about 90 gallons of fuel oil out of it. Does anyone know if I can use this oil in my diesel gen or tractor? Can I mix it with diesel? Smells alot like kerosine, but good clean oil. Any suggestions? Thank you.
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Default Re: Home fuel oil

Last winter I put 15 gallons of diesel fuel from the gas station in my furnace oil tank, so I'm sure it would work the other way just as well.

Not supposed to use it in your vehicles because of the road tax, but should be just fine in the equipment you mentioned.
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How old is the fuel in your tank? If fairly recent, should be OK. If more than 6 months old, would check for bacteria contamination. That can be filtered out wqith a good filter, and there are additives to stop further issues. As for use, basicly it is the same stuff, without the taxation coloring. May be slightly lower in octane, but still should be OK. DO NOT use in on road vehicles. Still should work OK, but you can be in a world of BS if caught. If you do decide to use it, make sure it is clean. Filter before putting in the tractor or genny tank. Do not draw from lower than 6" from bottom of the tank (may be contamination). You probably could draw directly from the oil burner pick up connection. I would not use the tank drain for fuel supply, as that is where all the crud that settles to the bottom of the tank will come out. Let tank set for at least day or 2 after moving, to allow any particulates and water to settle to the bottom.
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Would waxing in the cold be a problem?
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Default Re: Home fuel oil

I had some given to me, this summer. Used it in my diesel tractor, with no problems, in summer. I'm using Diesel fuel, for the winter, just in case it won't flow well. Ed
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It is extremely clean and smells good. However, it has been in the tank for about 6 years. I transfured it to 3 fourty gallon barrels. I disposed of the brown stuff that came off the bottom.
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Default Re: Home fuel oil

I used stuff that was dormant in a tank for over 30 years. Clear, like you said. I filtered it with the oil burner's filter and then a diesel fuel filter. No problem. Took the sludge on the bottom to town recycling center.
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Default Re: Home fuel oil

I used 200 gals of heating oil last yr that was in a tank for 15 yrs. just filter it after it settles for a few days worked fine in my oil burner an tractor.
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Have used it in knipco style torpedo heaters. Worked good but was quite a nit smokier.
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Years ago the oil company would deliver #1 fuel oil in winter and #2 for summer use. I believe #2 was most like diesel. I used very littel oil and 275 gallons would last me a year so they gave me a 50/50 blend. I believe #1 has less wax and in very cold weather the filter wouldnt plug from it.
On the ships I worked on there was always a concern about diesel eating bacteria converting it into water. Sometimes they added something to kill the bacteria.
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Being furnace oil, they have different blends, the #1 and #2 depending on whether the tank is in a heated basement or outside the house in the cold weather. If your fuel is from an inside heated tank, you might want to save it and use it next summer. If it was an outside tank, you should be good to go in any season.

Concidering how fine the spray nozzle is in a furnace, I doubt you have any problems at all using it in a diesel engine using whatever inline filter it currently has (or should have) on it. You can pre-filter it before dumping it in the tank if it makes you feel better, but I doubt you would beed to.
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The oil is all ready 200 million years old, another 6 years is nothing. If it's clean it's good to use in an engine.
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Here on LI, home heating fuel IS diesel. I just got a 200 gal delivery and it says right on top of the receipt "DYED DIESEL, NOT FOR HIGHWAY USE"
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